Pope Sisinnius

Pope

Sisinnius
Sisinnius.jpg
19th century depiction Pope Sisinnius
Papacy began 15 January 708
Papacy ended 4 February 708
Predecessor John VII
Successor Constantine
Personal details
Born 650
Syria, Rashidun Caliphate
Died (708-02-04)4 February 708
Rome, Byzantine Empire

Pope Sisinnius (c. 650 – 4 February 708) was Bishop of Rome from 15 January 708 to his death in February of that year.[1]

A Syrian by birth,[2] Sisinnius' father's name was John.[1] The paucity of donations to the papacy during his reign (42 pounds of gold and 310 pounds of silver, a fraction of the personal donations of other contemporary pontiffs) indicate that he was probably not from the aristocracy.[3]

Sisinnius was selected as pope during the Byzantine Papacy. He succeeded Pope John VII after a vacancy of three months.[4] He was consecrated around 15 January 708.[1]

Sisinnius remained pope for just twenty days.[4] According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "although he was so afflicted with gout that he was unable even to feed himself, he is nevertheless said to have been a man of strong character, and to have been able to take thought for the good of the city".[1] Among his few acts as pope was the consecration of a bishop for Corsica.[1] He also ordered "that lime be burned in order to restore portions" of the walls of Rome.[5] The restoration of the walls planned by Sisinnius was carried out by Pope Gregory II.[6]

Sisinnius was buried in Old St. Peter's Basilica.[1] He was succeeded less than two months later by another Syrian, Constantine,[4] who was probably his brother.[7]

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